i'm a bit confused by the study. what is more important: reading to your
child at an early age or a language rich environment?most books that are
read to toddlers are not "language rich". so do we need to read more
advanced books to them? :>i actually believe that the safe environment
where a parent feels un-rushed so they CAN read to their children lends to their
learning. it's more the positive attention and interaction that matters.
(though it is true that exposure to correct grammar and complex vocabulary
at an early age is beneficial)
The key to enhancing cognitive development is a rich language environment.
Studies that focused on that ONE variable have already revealed that. Studies
using more than one variable would not make the grade at a local elementary
school, so I am not sure why this would be published. There is no way a study
using multiple variables can reach a conclusion of cause and effect without
further isolation of the variables.That isn't to say reading
with your child is bad. Its actually quite fun so long as the child
doesn't eat the book. However, talking to your child is what matters, not
the presence of a book.
Agree with Steven S Jarvis, but I want to add one more thing: Don't talk to
your baby in baby talk! "Does the bubby wubby want his bookie wookie"
does nothing to help their brains to make those important language connections.
Your baby is not a schnauzer - don't talk to him/her like one! Talk to
your baby like you would talk to any other human being.
I agree with the article. But I doubt the comment about successful people not
having any books in their houses. To Brave Sir Robin, what is your take on Dr.
Just read to your kids, this isn't brain surgery...